Wheelock Family Theatre creates intergenerational and multicultural productions that provide a shared experience for the whole family. WFT is especially dedicated to those who are historically underserved: people of color, people with disabilities, and low-income families.
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Wendy Lement Artistic Director, Theatre Espresso. Wendy Lement co-founded Theatre Espresso in 1992. She is also the Producer of Wheelock Family Theatre and a former Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Theatre Department for 19 years at Regis College in Weston, MA. During her tenure at Regis, Wendy directed thirty productions, including: Dancing at Lughnasa, Importance of Being Earnest, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), and Steel Magnolias, which won a Moss Hart Award. Her production of The House of Bernarda Alba won the 2000 New England Region's American College Theatre Festival, sponsored by the Kennedy Center. She is co-author of And Justice for Some: Exploring American Justice through Drama and Theatre, published by Heinemann Press (2005). Wendy's children's book, Keri Tarr: Cat Detective, was published by Breakaway Books (2004). Her plays include: Woman with the Red Kerchief, Salem's Daughters, King George III vs. Ruth Blay, Voicings: The Story of the Rosenberg Case, Dolphins: The Myth of Persephone, The Legend of the Christmas Rose, and Keri Tarr: Cat Detective (based on her children's book), which won the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's 2002 Unpublished Playreading Project. Wendy holds a Ph.D. in Educational Theatre from New York University.
Shelley Bolman Managing Director, Theatre Espresso and Assistant Producer at Wheelock Family Theatre. Shelley is also an actor/educator who received his Master’s in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Credits include... Wheelock Family Theatre: The Wizard of Oz, Saint Joan, Inherit the Wind, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Holes, Snow White, Pippi Longstocking, Witch of Blackbird Pond; Olney Theatre Center: Opus, Trumpery; Gloucester Stage Company: Woman in Black, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Wind in the Willows; Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Charles Playhouse: Shear Madness; Stoneham Theatre: And Then There Were None, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol; Boston Theatre Works: 2007 Elliot Norton Award Winning play A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra; Wellesley Summer Theatre: Playboy of the Western World, An Ideal Husband; Village Theatre Project: Better Off Dead, Almost Maine, Spinning Into Butter; The Theatre Cooperative: Manifest; New Repertory Theatre: Opus, Tartuffe; Actors’ Shakespeare Project: A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Kortney Adams Kortney Adams is a native of St. Louis, MO, but is now happy to consider herself a Bostonian. Before becoming an actor, Kortney was a practicing environmental engineer, and holds BS and MS degrees from Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since that time, she's performed with many Boston-area theatre companies, including the Publick Theatre, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Company One, Rough Tumble, and Wellesley Summer Theatre, with whom she received an IRNE Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in After Mrs. Rochester. Her educational theatre credits include New England and national tours with the Wheelock Family Theatre,Historical Perspectives for Children, Deana's Fund, and City Stage.
Danny Bolton Dan Bolton is thrilled to be returning for his 4th year as a member of Theatre Espresso. He has had the good fortune to work at a number of theatres in the Boston area, including Wellesley Summer Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Jewish Theatre of New England, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Company, Reagle Players and Foothills Theatre Company. The veteran of three national tours, Dan is a graduate of Boston College, a theatre educator for a variety of different programs throughout the Boston area and continues to keep busy in television, video and commercial work for a number of national corporate and retail clients.
Derek Fraser Derek is proud to be a part of Theatre Espresso for a third season. As a local actor, director, and teaching artist, Derek has performed with 11:11 Theatre Company, Another Country Productions, Bad Habit Productions, Speed-the-Plow (BHP); Antigonous & Autolycus in The Winter's Tale (BHP); Dougie in The Quiet Infinite (11:11); and Leo Tolstoy in The Lady with the Red Kerchief. He most recently directed Struck with Theatre Company as part of their Evening of Almost and assistant directed Arcadia with BHP. Derek graduated from UMass with a BA in Theatre and English.Productions, Mill 6 Collaborative and Commonwealth Shakespeare. Roles include: Charlie Fox in
PAIGE CLARK Paige Clark is proud to be a part of Theatre Espresso. After graduating from Boston University's School of Theatre, she has appeared in many Boston area productions including The Mistakes Madeline Made (Holland Productions), Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth (Shakespeare Now!), Lend Me a Tenor (Summer Theatre at Salem), and Twelve Angry Jurors (Counter-Productions). She has had the opportunity to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well as teach at the National High School Institute Theatre Arts Division. Most recently she has been teaching Shakespeare and musical theatre at Riverside Theatre Works in Hyde Park and developing after school programs for Camp Fire USA in Quincy. Originally from San Antonio, TX, Paige misses the warm weather and the Convergent Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre organization of which she is a co-founding artist.
AMANDA COLLINS has been a proud company member of Theatre Espresso since 2005. Recent Boston area credits include Speech and Debate and The Bald Soprano at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), where she also played Daisy in the ‘WHAT for Kids’ Daisy Crockett: Frontiersperson; No Exit at the Payomet Center in Truro; The Time of Your Life with Fort Point Theatre Channel; The Woman in Black at Gloucester Stage; and Plays on Tap at CentaStage. Other theatres include Boston Theatre Works, Our Place Theatre Project, and Harwich Junior Theatre. Amanda recently recorded the radio drama podcast, Lightsong, about the late musician Josh-Clayton Felt, and has worked on training programs for Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA). A native of Cape Cod, Amanda received a BA in History and Theatre from Regis College. She is thrilled to be able to share her love for history and her passion for theatre in an educational, interactive forum for students.
LAURA LAPOINTE Laura feels very grateful to have an opportunity to combine her love for quality performances and engaging educational experiences as a member of Theatre Espresso. Her background includes serving as a City Year corps member, managing tours for the Boys Choir of Harlem, coaching people in public speaking skills, and working as a mediator in small claims court cases. But most of all, Laura enjoys sharing an enlightening message with an audience, through story, music, or dance. Laura loves words. She has sung in the Boston Pops Gospel Choir for several years and appeared in the choir for The Best of Both Worlds at the American Repertory Theater. Laura completed a BFA in Acting at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, but her favorite shows were during her theatrical career at Lexington High School under the direction of Steven Bogart. She also has a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and is a graduate of the Urban Teacher Program at Wheelock College, through which she earned elementary teacher licensure (although she ended up teaching at a prison more than an elementary school classroom). Laura is never bored.
Matthew Kossack Matthew has been acting, directing and choreographing throughout the Boston area since graduating from Boston College in 2004; BA in English, concentration in Theatre Arts. Area acting credits include: The Music Man, La Cage aux Folles, Hello Dolly and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Reagle Music Theatre), Urinetown (Lyric Stage and Massasoit Theatre Co.), Gypsy (Footlight Club), She Loves Me (Arlington Friends), Swing! (Acting Up) and Still Life with Iris (Regis Theatre Company). He has directed and choreographed for The Longwood Players, Open Door Theater, Newton Country Players, Apollinaire Theatre Co., Curtain Call and The Performing Arts Connection and is the Artistic Director of Artbarn Community Theater, a youth theatre in Brookline.
Susan Lombardi-Verticelli Susan joined Theatre Espresso in 2007. When not performing with Theatre Espresso, Susan is a working actor who has been seen in many local productions and on television. Susan also enjoys being behind the scenes as a producer for The Travel Channel, The History Channel, TLC and other networks. Susan combines her experience and education (BS in Acting and Communication Studies from Emerson College and MA in Communication Studies from Suffolk University) by helping individuals and organizations with their communication and presentation needs. Having worked in the Boston Public Schools for five years, the Theatre Espresso mission is very close to Susan's heart.
Cliff Odle Cliff is a long time Theatre Espresso member who has appeared in all of the current Theatre Espresso shows at one point or another. Currently he is understudying in Uprising on King Street, The Trial of Anthony Burns, and Nine Who Dared. He has also appeared on stage in several productions in New York, Boston and Southern California. Some of his roles have included Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Mister in King Hedley II, Troy Maxon in Fences, and Lucien P. Smith in The Boys Next Door. He has worked with a variety of stage companies such as The Huntington Theatre, Company One, Peabody Playhouse and The Second Stage Theatre Company, and The Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. He has also performed classical roles such as Tartuffe and Richard III. Cliff recently directed a production of his one-act play, Running the Bulls, and Mr. Glass by Jonathan Dent for New Urban Theatre Lab. He is currently teaching in the Performing Arts Department at UMass Boston.
Adam Sanders Adam Sanders Adam is new to Theatre Espresso and Boston theater in general. He received his BA in English from UMass Amherst. In Amherst he founded the Amherst Renaissance Company as producer/director and actor. He directed with Naked Theater, Chester Miniature Theater and the UMass Theater Department. He also directed for and helped found the UMass Shakespeare Festival. In Boston Adam is working towards his Masters in Theater and Community at Emerson College. Boston credits include “Leontes/Shepherd” in The Winter’s Tale and “Malvolio” in Twelfth Night for Bad Habit Productions. He directed Speed the Plow for the same company.
Lewis Wheeler Lewis joined Theatre Espresso in 2008. He has worked at various theatres in the Boston area – recent productions include Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), where he has performed for the past 3 seasons, No Exit at Payomet in Truro, Brecht’s The Life of Galileo at Underground Railway/Central Square Theater, Playboy of the Western World at Wellesley Summer Theatre. Other credits include Pinter’s No Man’s Land (IRNE nominee, Best Supporting Actor) (American Repertory Theatre); Doubt (Gloucester Stage); The Importance of Being Earnest, A Number, The Underpants, The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage); Arcadia (IRNE nominee, Best Actor), Comedy of Errors, Troilus and Cressida (Publick Theatre); Silence, Cyrano (New Rep); Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.); Butley (Huntington Theatre); Julius Caesar, title roles in Hamlet and Macbeth (Shakespeare Now); The Mousetrap (Stoneham); The Weir (TCAN); A Perfect Ganesh (Vineyard Playhouse). Film and television credits include The Company Men (with Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones), Don McKay, Underdog, Pink Panther 2, Laddie in Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood (Showtime). Lewis performs with several interactive training programs at Boston Children’s Hospital and IPEP (Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice), helping medical professionals with communication skills in particularly difficult medical situations. Lewis also produced the documentary LEADING TO WAR (www.LeadingToWar.com), about the build-up to the Iraq War. Lewis studied theatre and film studies at Cornell University and received his MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI).
Alan R. White Alan has played the Haberdasher in The Taming of The Shrew with The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Steven in Or Less, Poel in The Wizard of Elderwood, Aaron in The Three Graces, The Dean in The Old One-Two at The Theater at Hollywood and Vine, and Jason in Sin with South City Theater Ensemble. Alan has worked with many New England theater companies including City Stage Company, The Children's Museum of Boston, The New England Shakespeare Festival, Pastimes, and The Freedom Trail Foundation. Alan's work in TV video and voice over includes portraying everything from Science Teachers to Ninjas.
Jenna Lea Scott is an actress, teaching artist, director and choreographer who got her training in musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC. In 2004, she was one of four actors to receive the Walnut Street Theatre’s Dorothy Hass Acting Apprenticeship. This allowed her to tour 4 shows in repertory all over Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Jenna has performed for such companies as Wheelock Family Theatre, The Depot Theatre (NY), Stoneham Theatre, Derryfield Repertory Theatre (NH), Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), Foothills Theatre Company, Forestburg Playhouse (NY), Deana’s Fund, Periwinkle National Theatre (NY), and The Reader’s Theatre Workshop (NY). Jenna enjoys teaching her love of the performing arts to students at the Turtle Lane Playhouse Summer Theatre Workshop, The New School of Music, and for PALS. Born in South Korea, Jenna was adopted and raised in Acton, MA. When not performing and teaching, Jenna is a babysitter/nanny and loves to spend her free time with her two cockatiels Arimi and Renee.
Tasia Jones is an actor, director, writer, and theater educator. She holds a BFA in theatre arts from Boston University. Her recent directing credits include Oleanna(Can't Wait Productions) and the world premiere production of Margaret In Search Of Herself (ARRT/New African Company). She has appeared in such works as Julius Caesar (Shakesperience Productions), Grimm and The Bluest Eye (Company One). She has also appeared in The Inside (Can’t Wait Productions), a play she adapted from an original work by Lydia R. Diamond. Tasia is currently in the process of developing a new devising theatre company with a group of Boston theatre professionals that will focus on education and social change through performance.
Will Keary is excited and pleased to join Theatre Espresso. Boston area credits include: Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol (New Rep), Macbeth (New Rep on Tour), A Little Night Music (Lyric Stage), Crimes of the Heart (Gloucester Stage), And a Nightingale Sang, Seasons Greetings, Playboy of the Western World, Our Town, Pygmalion, the world premiere of Sense and Sensibility: The Musical (Wellesley Summer Theatre), Arsenic and Old Lace and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Company Theatre), The Tempest in Worcester, Demonslayers at the Actors' Workshop, Last Little Porn Shop in Manhattan at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Katiee Tredway Kaitee is an actor, puppeteer, tap dancer, and costume designer. She graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in theater and literature. Recently, she joined Fresh Ink Theatre as company member and production manager. As a performer, Kaitee has worked with Puppet Showplace Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, and New Exhibition Room. She costume designed Trog and Clay (Fresh Ink Theatre), Crave(Heart & Dagger), Once Upon A Mattress (Stoneham Theater young company), and Not-a-box 1ppex (GAN-e-meed Theatre Project.) She also wrangled puppets on Avenue Q, and coordinated quick changes for Or, (Lyric Stage Company of Boston).
Omar Robinson Omar is an actor, stuntman, and photographer. He received a BA in Acting and Television/Video Production from Emerson College. His recent credits include Superior Donuts (Lyric Stage Company - 2012 Elliot Norton Award Nomination), Twelfth Night (Actors' Shakespeare Project), Zombie Double Feature (New Exhibition Room), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Summer Festival Theater), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare NOW!), Art (Parish Players Theatre), and Robin Hood (Emerson Stage).